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People with Physical Disabilities May Also Need Mental Health Supports, and That’s Okay

This is a story that I was almost afraid to tell. But the fact that I hesitated, that I worried about how it may be received by people that know me in “real life,” is the only reason that I…
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My Family’s Normalization of Pain Made Me Believe I Wasn’t Strong

My three little toes on the outer sides of my feet curl inward so that when I walk I sometimes step on them. They look like calloused half moons. The skin is red and blistered. My body has adapted to…
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Two Generations Reflect on Life Before and After the Americans with Disabilities Act

The following is a conversation about attitudes, access, and ableism before and after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) between Laura and Wren Reeve, mother and offspring, aged 48 and 19. Both have multiple chronic illnesses (between
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An Interview with Angela

Imagine the possibility of a world in which we all care about each other.
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Disabled People Deserve Better Access to Care for Eating Disorder Recovery

The first time in what was already a decade-long experience of anorexia that someone was willing to admit I had other disabilities, I was twenty years old. I was told I would be best served in an institution due to
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An Interview with Noela

Why talk about Mental Health?  Noela Luka is a documentary filmmaker from Kenya working with Rooted in Rights – check out her reasons.
 
Noela is working with Rooted in Rights as part of the International Professional Fellows Program for Inclusive
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How Finding Community Supports is Key to Parenting with a Mental Health Disability

Parenting is not only for a certain type of individual. Parenting is for anybody. Just because of your status in society, I don't think that should be a hindrance towards you not being able to experience parenting.
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Johnny’s & Megan’s Story – A Call for Reforming the Mental Health Care System

"It doesn't just affect the inmate - mentally ill people have people who love them, have kids, have homes."
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Video Games and Madness: A World of Harmful Tropes

Having just recovered from another one of many depressive episodes I’ve had throughout my life, I’ve had time to reflect on my relationship to madness and reality. Being of a philosophical bent, I ruminate on these things out of habit.